So far, the fifth season of Supernatural has given us a lot to deal with. Lucifer has risen and watchers of previous seasons have known for some time that Dean Winchester is the hunter destined to stop him.
What we didn’t know is that Dean’s role is to be a meat suit for an angel. Michael was the angel who originally sent Lucifer to hell. Now Michael wants to use Dean as his “vessel” in order to do the same thing, but Dean refuses. He’s learned not to trust the angels after the shady things they put him through in the fourth season.
We also knew Lucifer needed a vessel. Surprise. Surprise. He wants Sam Winchester.
Neither brother is willing to give permission to be used as vessels, and as angels, Michael and Lucifer need permission.
Poor Sam is still struggling with his addiction to demon blood and to the utter despair of the Supernatural fandom, he chose to quit hunting in the second episode and the brothers parted ways.
In the most recent episode, “The End”, Sam called Dean with the news that he is Lucifer’s vessel. He wants back in so he can help destroy Lucifer, but Dean refuses him, citing the fact that throughout their lives the dark side has used their familial love as a means to hurt them. Dean believes they are stronger apart and hangs up on his younger brother. The next scene is Dean waking up five years in the future in a world destroyed by evil. In pops Zachariah to reveal that he’s sent Dean into the future to see what his choices have led to. But… is that what he really did?
Loyal viewers of the show are well aware that things are often not as they appear in the Supernatural world. The angels have played tricks before. The “future” Dean saw may very well have been another trick. Certain factors lead me to thinking this:
*Year 2009 Dean meets Year 2014 Dean. He calls Future Dean “Hey, you” or “Me.” That makes sense since he is actually talking to himself. There was a moment when Future Dean called Past Dean “Dean.” It struck me as odd and set off alarm bells. If he were truly speaking to himself, it would seem more likely to refer to himself as “Me” or “You” just as Past Dean had done consistently through the episode.
*There was a lot of pushing the Michael Sword (Dean is referred to as the “Michael Sword”, meaning he is the vessel Michael needs to take physical form) issue. Future Dean was very adamant with Past Dean about saying Yes to Michael, claiming that he’s tried but now the angels won’t listen to him. Why wouldn’t Michael use him as a vessel in the future? As soon as Dean was snapped back to the present, Zachariah tried a salesman steamroller pitch on him. “Say yes! You have to do it now! Limited Time Offer! Pressure! Pressure! Don’t think, just say yes RIGHT NOW!!!”
*The necklace. It was revealed previously this season that Dean’s necklace will glow if in the presence of God so Castiel took it to search for God. In 2009. Dean really didn’t want to give up that necklace and in the very next episode, asked if Castiel was done with it because he wanted it back. So why didn’t he ask for it in 2014? It’s so important to him, but he doesn’t even think about it? This leads one to believe the writers cleverly “forgot” about that in order to avoid opening a whole new can of worms. Where is God? Why didn’t Castiel find him? It makes no sense that Dean would not ask about that.
*Chuck. Chuck is a prophet. Chuck sees the future. He knows what the Winchesters are going to do before they even do it. So why didn’t he see Past Dean pop into the future before it happened? He’s there with them at the camp in the future but suddenly he doesn’t know anything. Very odd. He’s supposed to be jotting down everything the Winchesters do for what sounded like an addendum to the bible… so why isn’t he still doing that? The angels just cut him off after Lucifer rose? Sounds shady.
*Dean even suggests the whole thing might have been a trick when he finds himself back in his motel room with Zachariah getting the extra-pressure sales pitch to say yes to Michael.
And we all know the Supernatural writers love their tricks so I would not be surprised if the whole “End” Dean saw was nothing more than one big angel trick.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the series ended with the Trickster jumping in and saying “Ha! I got you!” and revealing there was never even an apocalypse. After all, they’ve never killed the guy and he sure does like toying with them.